By John Pohl, Adam Hook
In response to one renowned photograph, the Aztec military used to be a ruthless and effective warfare computer, that demonstrated an empire via convincingly overwhelming its acquaintances, sacrificing hundreds of thousands to bloodthirsty gods alongside the best way. From a contrasting point of view, its local warriors have been no fit for the trendy warring equipment of Cortés' drastically outnumbered Spaniards, who decisively defeated them. the truth of the Aztec warrior's skill and effectiveness lies someplace among these extremes, as this identify makes transparent. via reading the reports of a hypothetical person, Cuauhtli, this meticulously researched e-book indicates that the historical past of Aztec war is way richer and much extra complicated than formerly understood, and divulges the shut dating among social and army concerns in Aztec society.
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Aztec Warrior: AD 1325-1521 by John Pohl, Adam Hook